August 14, 2017

Once Upon a GIF Story

This is a story of collaboration, ideas, experimentation and our relationship to technology. It's also about being willing to follow through with what we might (lightly) put into Twitter chats!

You will see the GIF story (17 pages) thanks to Kim (@MrKMaston) and a willingness to collaborate. We chatted about the concept over Twitter DM and then took it in turns to add a page to the story. As you 'read' the story I'm sure you will make your own interpretation. Like a comic strip, there is enough mystery in the silence and the gaps between the moving images for the reader to get involved. Leave some comments about the possibilities that you see in GIF stories.


View it via Twitter moment: https://twitter.com/i/moments/895845199208865792

AN OPTIONAL WORD STORY
(written after the story was compiled and not sanctioned by Kim)

Once upon a time
there was a generation
that could only interact
through their shared technology.

This was not a good situation!

Something had to be done?
Who to call?
Would post-humanism be a solution?

Meanwhile,
that same generation of people,
ignored climate change and
continued to feed the web
with pictures of themselves
with only their self-selected
best side.

Nooooooooooooooo, said the others.

Could new technology save us?
Is there anyone out there to help us?

Wait.....

Perhaps reading the manual would help?
The solution is here somewhere.....

The crowds were lined up to witness the next best thing!

With new bells and whistles, infinity screens, smaller batteries,
colour lights and explosions....

All that happened was the setting of the sun,
falling of a wave, feet running on a treadmill, 
a never ending story.

The only thing left to do was 
destroy the thinking 
behind the technology

until

the

end.

August 2, 2017

How a poem travelled

From 
A Postcard (me)
with
Poem (me)
to
squiggle (Karon B)
to
music (me)
to
another voice (Karon B)
to
a remix (Kevin H)
to 
a small story (me)
to 
a drawing (Sheri E)
to
another story (Sheri E)

That is a #CLMOOC adventure.
Each time the postcard was handled with care.
Treated with respect.
Interpreted and shared.
No stamps required.

Most of this is found on a Postcard Reimagined or on Sound Mountains.

Please add your interpretation to Sound Mountains. 
Thinking about doodling this week in #CLMOOC.

August 1, 2017

Data to Design

I've been collaborating with Karon Bielenda. Karon started collecting data from Google plus on the posts that she has shared as part of the Connected Learning MOOC. She shared the spreadsheet with me and we started playing and discussing options to use this data in different ways. 


The raw data looked something like this:
Post XXX
Person A made a comment
Person B liked it
Person C liked it and made a comment
Person D reshared the post
By playing with all the Excel chart formats, I created this radial design.  This only includes 4 numbers and does not include the people side of it (that gets more messy!). On reflection I thought that this looked like a leaf or petal of a flower.

The next step was to take a screen capture of the Excel chart. I moved it into Baazart app on my ipad. I could then 'cut out' and copy the petal, duplicate it and add the background. It seems like wallpaper to me plus it would make a great postcard to send out.

Like the zeros that sit at the centre, these mini projects are like germinating seeds for ideas. I've taken this idea and applied it to a weekend hackathon and created a wallpaper design from open data!

I've just discovered that Australia Post has a print-and-send postcard service through an App! It is only marginally more expensive that sending your own postcard. I'm thinking that will be a good option for my next round of CLMOOC postcards that I send over the waters in various directions.